Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Why do so many religions that support love cause so many wars?

Control over people.

At the end of the day, religions are man made structures. Religion is our futile attempt to try to explain the unanswerable life questions (e.g., what happens after we die, why are we here).

Throughout the ages, religion has often been about power, about controlling others, about inclusion/exclusion. Instilling fear or doing harm to whoever does not agree with a specific "story" is a way to control people and amass power using fear of the unknown as a weapon. It is human nature for the strong to try to control others.

On the other hand, it is also true that religion provides fertile ground for good people to get together and do good things (e.g., helping the poor, the less fortunate, the sick, orphans). Others are just seeking a reasonable way to explain life's big questions.

Unfortunately, because the rules and structures of religion are ultimately designed, implemented, and carried out by men - they are susceptible to all the good and bad that human nature has to offer.

So, would the world be better off without organized religion? Probably. And, given what we know, is separation of state and religion a good thing? Absolutely.

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